“She Waited For The Crowd To Appear”
90 / 100 Days of Dog Doodles
Mixed Media on paper
I barely know where to begin talking about this one. It was just a great big experiment – can I do mixed media layers on watercolor paper? How much paint can those suckers hold, anyway? Is this whole thing going to buckle and curl up the second I take the tape off?* I’d also like to say that it feels good to experiment. Getting my hands all covered in paint, feeling my way through, taking more time… it all feels right.
This is a hugely different painting for me. It’s a whole different style. It’s a whole bundle of different techniques, too. Here’s a view where you can hopefully see the shiny stuff a little better:
In case you are wondering “Why this mixed media stuff all of a sudden?”, it’s two things. One, I took another course through Sketchbook Skool (which I can never recommend highly enough- so worthwhile!) and the most exciting little bit for me was the section taught by Juliana Coles. She basically just opened my mind up to the possibilities of personal mixed media art. I’ve seen mixed media art and books for years, of course, but it never really resonated with me. I didn’t really get it. But Ms. Coles presented it in such a way that it was like a light bulb going off, and thus I was off and running. (Full disclosure: I have yet to do the *actual* assignment from the class. I devoured the extra ebook she gave the students and jumped into that. I’m going to get back to that assignment, though!**)
This whole painting was also basically just procrastinating on working on the coloring book, by the way. I’m learning that that is how the really fun work leaks out – when you’re not supposed to be working on it. “Should” & grinding away like a good little (manic, obsessed) worker bee on a deadline isn’t always the answer, apparently.
My daughter came into the studio while I was panting this to see if I had finished the coloring book yet. “No, I’m working on this right now.” When she saw it, she said “Wow!” and then gave me pretty much the best title ever: “I will call you Beautiful and Very Strong Master of Paint!” I’ll print up new business cards immediately. (I generally don’t feel like I am any of those things, by the way. That’s why it’s so funny / great to me.)
* Answers: 1. Yes! 2. Rather a lot, it turns out, and 3. It didn’t!
** Extra bonus digression: This round through Sketchbook Skool, I just couldn’t bring myself to comment or post my work. I’m going through some weird brain things. Still, super beneficial class!